Families of workers who are fatally injured on the job are entitled to workers’ comp, but if there is any dispute about the liability for the injury, they may need to seek legal action against the employer. The Alberhasky Law Firm in Springfield, Missouri, covers all manner of workers’ compensation cases, and cases regarding survivor benefits are no exception. If your family has been left struggling due to an on the job injury that caused death and you need representation, we can help. Read on to learn more about survivors’ benefits cases in Missouri.
DO YOU QUALIFY?
There are three ways a person or family may qualify to receive workers’ comp for their loved one following a fatal injury:
If their death was directly caused by a work-related injury.
If their work injury caused a compensable injury and they die of causes indirectly related to the injury.
If their work injury caused a compensable permanent disability and they were treated and released from medical care for that injury, but their death was unrelated to the injury.
SHOULD YOU ACT QUICKLY?
It is important to note that if an employee suffers a fatal injury while on the job, it is the responsibility of their employer to report the incident to the Division of Worker’s Compensation within thirty days. If they do not do this, you may have further legal recourse through the Fraud and Noncompliance office of the Missouri Department of Labor.